- Create Discussion Board (NOT a group discussion board)
- Grade Discussion Board
- Create Groups
- Group Tools (includes GROUP Discussion Boards)
- Links to discussion board engagement ideas
Friday January 7, Noon – 1:00 pm Central/1:00 – 2:00 pm Eastern
Presenter: Leah Dvorak
Audience: Department Chairs, Program Directors
What are the expectations for the role of Department Chair or Academic Program Director? An effective chair or academic program director manages faculty, staff, programs, courses, and processes vital to student success. The effective chair also fosters a healthy departmental culture and establishes efficient, collaborative decision-making processes. A strong department chair or program director uses both management skills and leadership skills to create and sustain a successful department in which faculty and staff feel engaged and energized.
Tuesday January 11, 8:15 – 4:00 Central/9:15 – 5:00 Eastern
All sessions are via Zoom
Designing Your Course and Syllabus – Kate Robertson, Joanna Pheifer, and Elizabeth Evans
8:15 – 9:45 am Central/9:15 – 10:45 am Eastern
Blackboard Basics – Susan Gallanis, Justin Frisque
10:00 – 11:30 am Central/11:00 am – 12:30 pm Eastern
Engaging Your Learner – Susan Gallanis, Kate Robertson, and Diana Belscamper
11:45 am – 12:45 pm Central/12:45 – 1:45 pm Eastern
Blackboard Tests and Respondus LockDown Browser with Monitor with Susan Gallanis and Justin Frisque
1:00 – 2:30 pm Central/2:00 – 3:30 pm Eastern
Faculty Resources – Elizabeth Evans, Susan Gallanis, and Wayne Thompson
3:00 – 4:00 pm Central/4:00 – 5:00 pm Eastern
After submitting your registration, the CELT Student Worker will send you an Outlook invitation for each session you registered for and it will include the Zoom link. Please accept the invitation(s) as you will not receive a separate email confirmation.
Wednesday January 12, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm Eastern
In person on the Ann Arbor campus
This session is for Ann Arbor faculty. During this workshop, we will define and discuss SoTL (scholarship of teaching and learning) and share ideas for designing SoTL projects. There will also be time devoted to writing research questions and planning a study. Morning refreshments and lunch is included. Participants will also receive a copy of Bishop-Clark and Dietz-Uhler’s book Engaging in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
9:00-9:30 Coffee and Pastries
9:30-10:00 Freewrite & Discussion about SoTL in general
10:00-11:30 Defining and Designing SoTL Projects
12:30-2:00 Workshop time -writing research questions and planning a study
Wednesday January 12, 1:00 – 2:00 pm Central/2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern via Zoom
Presenters: Natasha Irish, Rachel Heil
Note: First-time CIRG applicants must attend this workshop to be eligible for grant funding.
This workshop is to help faculty with the CIRG grants application process. The workshop will focus on the following:
The purpose of these grants is to support scholarly activity among interested full-time Concordia University faculty. These grants are intended to function as seed money in obtaining additional funding from outside sources. If you are unsure if your idea is eligible, please review the definition of scholarship described in the CU Faculty handbook, or review the application for further information. CIRG is a faculty committee, and full-time faculty in all disciplines are encouraged to apply for a grant. Examples of past successfully funded proposals can be found in the portal link faculty page under the “research and scholarship” tab, along with the application.
Thursday January 13, 5:00 – 7:00 pm Central time over Zoom
Presenters: Elizabeth Evans, Dan Paavola, Elizabeth Polzin, Susan Gallanis, Andrew Wahl, Jan Chapman
This orientation session is for new and returning traditional adjuncts teaching in-person at the Mequon campus.
Three options, choose one:
Sponsored by the Academic Freedom Task Force (Jordan Beck, Dan Sem, Arletta Frazier, Charles Schulz, Mikaely Schmitz, Angus Menuge)
Academic freedom, indicating the unfettered pursuit of truth through research and the exchange of ideas, is a cherished value on American university campuses. At the same time, Concordia University has always understood the exercise of academic freedom within the context of its commitments as a Lutheran University. Moreover, political and social discourse raise questions about, if not challenges to, the limits of academic freedom.
The Academic Freedom Task Force has produced a document in an effort to articulate what academic freedom means for us at Concordia University. We desire to trace the foundation of our understanding and exercise of this freedom to our commitment as Christian educators to pursue truth in teaching and learning. Our goal is to arrive at a consensus about the content of this document, which can then be used to evaluate or further develop our policies and procedures around academic freedom. We also hope to generate discussions and promote insights which lead us all to greater clarity and confidence in the exercise of academic freedom at Concordia.
In this session, faculty will gather to discuss academic freedom generally, respond to the task force document, and highlight discipline-specific issues related to the topic.
Friday January 14, 10:00 – 11:00 am Central/11:00 am – 12:00 pm Eastern
Presenter: Justin Frisque
This session is for faculty who are responsible for setting up their own course in Blackboard and are familiar with setting up a Blackboard test. During this session participants will learn how to set up tests using pools of questions using random blocks and question sets, how to use the “categories and keywords” section of a test question, and how to copy a test to another course.
Friday January 14, Noon – 1:00 pm Central/1:00 – 2:00 pm Eastern via Zoom
Presenters: Elizabeth Evans, Tammy Ferry and Susan Gallanis
Audience: Department Chairs, Program Directors, Program Coordinators, Assessment Coordinators, and Supporting Staff
This session highlights the support available for curriculum mapping, the academic cycle of continuous improvement and assessment reporting processes, alignment of Program Learning Outcomes and Global Learning Outcomes, Focus GLOs each year, the EAC tool in Blackboard, how to find resources in the Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes portal channel, and quality indicators of effective academic program assessment process at Concordia.
Two sessions, choose one:
Wednesday January 19, 1:00 – 2:00 pm Central/2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern via Zoom
Thursday January 20, 10:00 – 11:00 am Central/11:00 am – Noon Eastern via Zoom
Presenter: Andy Dunn
Audience: All budget managers and administrative assistants who are responsible for entering and/or overseeing the budget of an academic program or administrative area.
This presentation will cover:
Thursday January 20, 11:30 – 1:00 Central/12:30 – 2:00 Eastern via Zoom
Presenter: Rachel Pickett, Professor of Psychology, Department Chair
This session will focus on the concept of Christian Vocation as a way to engage students in exploring meaning and purpose as a tool to foster positive psychological well-being. A brief foundation on the impact of COVID19 and student mental health will be provided along with research supporting the link between meaning, purpose, and well-being. Resources on vocational discernment, campus outlets/referral processes, and discussion techniques grounded in humanism will be presented. Participants will explore ways to incorporate vocation in their interactions with students. This workshop can apply to the NetVUE grant.
Friday January 21, 10:00 – 11:00 am Central/11:00 am – 12:00 pm Eastern via Zoom
Presenter: Susan Gallanis
This session is for faculty who are responsible for setting up their own course in Blackboard. Learn how to set up two different types of discussion boards: one where the entire class participates on a discussion board and another where the class is split into groups and each group has its own discussion board.
Resources from Ann Arbor session on January 13, 2022
Resources from Mequon session on January 18, 2022 and Zoom session (both campuses) January 20, 2022
Find and Acknowledge your Faculty Contract (Fall 2021)